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Senator Ellis Proud of Progress on Film and Television Workforce Development

Grants approved to train Alaskans for jobs in the film and television production industry

JUNEAU- Senator Johnny Ellis was pleased to learn today that film and television production workforce development grants have been approved by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development for seven projects to train more than 800 Alaskans.

 "I applaud the work that Department of Labor Commissioner Click Bishop and Department of Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell are doing to train Alaskans for jobs in this exciting new industry," said Senator Johnny Ellis.

 Training opportunities will be available in a wide range of positions from grips and electricians to post-production and script supervision. Additionally, Alaskans seeking specialized training are also eligible to apply for Individual Training Accounts through the Alaska Job Center Network.

 "The film and television industry wants to hire Alaskans. They want to utilize local talent instead of bringing in out of state workers. Building our Alaska workforce ensures that Alaskans are trained and ready to capitalize on the gold rush of film and television production we are experiencing as a result of production incentives," said Senator Ellis.

 $486,000 was included by the Legislature in the FY11 Capital budget to be used for competitive grants to train Alaskans for jobs in film and television production. Senator Ellis sponsored the original Alaska film and television production incentives. He is the sponsor of Senate Bill 23, which proposes a 10-year extension of the incentives. SB 23 unanimously passed the Alaska State Senate and is currently awaiting consideration by the House Finance Committee.

 

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